David Peterson was sitting at 74 pitches when the fifth inning concluded Thursday and had mowed through the Nationals lineup. But his day was finished.
The Mets rookie, dealing with shoulder fatigue, was removed and watched the bullpen protect the lead for his third victory in four starts.
“It’s just a matter of trying to manage some of the workload,” Peterson said after the Mets beat the Nationals 8-2 at Citi Field. “All the pitches in the big leagues mean a lot more than they do in live games or minor league games, so it just has been a matter of trying to manage the workload and see what works.”
Peterson indicated the soreness behind his left shoulder wasn’t a concern. He didn’t allow his first hit until the fifth inning and was impressive in escaping a first-inning jam, with minimal damage.
Starlin Castro had walked to load the bases with nobody out before Peterson struck out Juan Soto, who had homered four times in the previous two games.
“I think my approach is to get a strikeout there,” Peterson said. “That is kind of what we need to get one out and then try to get a double play to end the inning. For me it’s not giving them anything to…